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Berry Shrub

Berry Shrub

Tyler Zielinski 

“My vinegar choice usually depends on the other ingredients—fruit or herbs that I want to highlight,” says bartender and cocktail educator Jena Ellenwood, describing how she selects vinegars for use in shrubs. “I really love using white balsamic,” she says. “It has a great roundness to it without bullying the other elements; I love it with raspberries.” Those flavors join with thyme in this elegant shrub.


  • 1 pint fresh or frozen raspberries and/or blackberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 cup white balsamic vinegar


  1. Add the berries, thyme and sugar to a large bowl and refrigerate overnight.

  2. Stir in the vinegar and let sit for 3 hours, mixing or shaking occasionally, then stir until sugar is dissolved.

  3. Strain out solids and store in the refrigerator.